Fairhaven Vineyards is part of the Piney Woods Trail in north-east Texas. The vineyard and tasting room are not far off I-20, near Tyler, which is an easy drive from Dallas. Fairhaven grows its own grapes and uses a combination of traditional, yeast fermentation and carbonic maceration. (Carbonic maceration is a whole-berry fermentation method that yields sweet aromas and fresh flavors.)
When I visited Fairhaven's tasting room a couple of years ago, I liked many of the wines, but my favorite was the Chambourcin, which is a French grape. The 2010 Chambourcin has tart red and black fruit aromas/flavors, heavy on the cherry, a little blueberry, lots of spice, vanilla, and a hint of smoke at the end. The acid level is on the upper end of moderate, with moderate tannin, body, and alcohol (13.5%). I was impressed with the combination of flavors - fresh and bright balanced against dark and rich. It's a good deal at $15.
I appreciate that the tasting room offers a meat and cheese plate. I find that when I'm tasting on a wine trail, driving between wineries and maybe visiting several in a day, the oyster crackers just don't cut it!
Fairhaven will ship its wines to the Houston area, but unfortunately none of our local retailers carry it. I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.